|Tuesday, October 28, 2014|
|Local leaders celebrate Ellis Tech renovations|
| ||(Norwich Bulletin | October 22, 2014) On June 12, 2012, various state and local leaders gathered outside Harvard H. Ellis Technical High School for a ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of an ambitious $84 million project aimed at expanding and renovating the 53-year-old Killingly school. On Wednesday, many of those same people dodged the rain, walked past a towering, new granite sculpture near the building's entrance and gathered inside the school's multi-purpose room to celebrate the end of major construction at the school — eight months ahead of schedule.|
|Monday, September 29, 2014|
|Emmett O’Brien Groundbreaking ceremony highlights renovations to school|
| ||On a bright, beautiful Monday morning a ceremonial ground breaking ceremony was held at Emmet O’Brien Technical High School. Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman spoke at the event along with School Principal Laurie LeBouthillier, Superintendant of School Dr. Nivea Torres and Department of Administrative Services’ Division of Construction Services Deputy Commissioner Pasquale “Bud” Salemi. “It’s and exciting day for Ansonia and Emmett O’Brien,” say Wyman. “This project will really anchor the community to Emmett O’Brien and give amazing educational opportunities to these students. Learning the skills and trades offered here at Emmett O’Brien will give these students the opportunity to get high paying jobs right after graduation.”|
|Friday, September 12, 2014|
|J.M. Wright Technical High School Re-Opens - Classes Resume for First Time Since 2009|
| ||Governor Dannel P. Malloy, joined by business, trade, education and community leaders as well as other state and local officials, celebrated the grand re-opening of J.M. Wright Technical High School in Stamford. Planning for the revival of J.M. Wright Technical High School began shortly after the school suspended operations in 2009. Just four years later, the school reopened its doors as a model for technology-driven education and welcomed 145 incoming freshmen students.
|Friday, September 12, 2014|
|DAS Division of Construction Services and Western CT State University host ribbon-cutting ceremony|
| ||After much planning, designing, building and anticipating, the moment has arrived. On Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, WCSU officials held an official ribbon cutting for the new Visual and Performing Arts Center at Western Connecticut State University.
The event was held in the West Lobby of the new 130,000-square-foot building on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury.
“The new Visual and Performing Arts Center (VPAC) at Western offers the opportunity to receive a high quality arts education in an amazing facility, at the relatively low cost of a state university,” said Dean of the School of Visual and Performing Arts and Professor of Music Dr. Dan Goble.
|Monday, July 21, 2014|
|Governor Malloy and DAS Commissioner DeFronzo Announce Funding for New Litchfield County Courthouse|
| ||Governor Malloy announced in late May that the State Bond Commission will vote on the final funding elements necessary for the new Litchfield County Courthouse project to commence in Torrington. This project will feature the consolidation and construction of a new 174,000 square foot Litchfield Judicial District Courthouse on Field Street in Torrington. The new courthouse will house Civil, Criminal, Family and Juvenile Courts. This project will create or retain approximately 1424 construction related jobs with a total project cost of more than $81 million.|
|Friday, July 11, 2014|
|Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Quinebaug Middle College|
| ||A ribbon cutting ceremony for the newest addition to Quinebaug Valley Community College was held at the Danielson campus on Thursday, May 22. The new 38,000 square foot wing houses the Quinebaug Middle College, a regional magnet high school which opened its doors in 2008.|
|Friday, February 28, 2014|
|DAS Celebrates with CCSU in New Residence Hall Groundbreaking Ceremony|
| ||A ground breaking ceremony for a new residence hall was hosted by Central Connecticut State University on Wednesday February 26, 2014. The new 220,000 square foot residence hall will offer suite style rooms with a living room and bathroom shared by four students. Each floor will offer group study rooms and alcoves for one-on-one studying and socializing. A compute laboratory, game room, and large living rooms will be located on the first floor to create a community center for residents. The state-of-the-art building will also include the University’s Residence Life administrative offices and campus-wide meeting space on the first floor.
|Thursday, February 27, 2014|
|Applicability of SSIC Standards With Respect To Grant Applications|
| ||Following the recent release of the School Safety Infrastructure Council’s (SSIC) Report, questions were raised concerning the effective date of the new Standards established by the Council. According to law, these new Standards go into effect on July 1, 2014. Therefore, towns and municipalities submitting grant applications to the Division of Construction Services on or before June 30, 2014 – to be considered by the General Assembly in 2014 for the 2014/2015 school construction priority list – are not required to include the new SSIC standards. School districts submitting grant applications on or after July 1, 2014, however, will be required to include the new Standards in their applications. The Department of Administrative Services strongly encourages Schools districts to review and where possible, implement the SSIC Standards during the school design process, even if not required to do so by law.|
|Thursday, March 14, 2013|
|Nomination of Three Connecticut Green LEAF Schools for National Award|
| ||Three Connecticut Green LEAF Schools in Hartford and New Haven were nominated for the Federal Green Ribbon School Award. DCS Deputy Commissioner Pasquale Salemi stated that “[t]he Green LEAF program recognizes some of the best environmentally-designed and built schools in our state. Along with our partners at the state Departments of Education, Public Health, and Energy and Environmental Protection, we commend these districts for their efforts and look forward to supporting these principles around the state in the years to come."|
|Tuesday, November 20, 2012|
|City of West Haven Letter to Department of Construction Services|
| ||West Haven Building Officials praise DCS State Building Inspector and DCS State Fire Marshall Offices in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.|